October 29, 1913

October 29, 1913

The new grand jury was dismissed this morning without returning any indictment in the $21,000 shortage in the books of ex-Sheriff Wilbur Jones, who made good the deficit at a heavy personal sacrifice. The statute of limitation forestalled local evidence submitted. The report of expert Wann was examined, but showed nothing except that the money was missed but through what channels no one knows.

SALEM, Ore. Oct. 29. —The fate of Mike Spanos and Frank Seymour, sentenced to hang next Friday morning, still hangs in the balance today following an announcement by Governor West that he had not decided what action he would take in their cases. The men were convicted of killing George Dedaskalous last December. Both are hopeful that their sentences will be commuted to life imprisonment.

Another chapter in the business worries of H.C. Kentner was written today when the grand jury returned an indictment charging him with the embezzlement of $5,000 alleged to have occurred during the existence of the H.C. Kentner company. Friends of the indicted man say the action of the grand jury is the result of a partnership disagreement and business misunderstanding, and that any legal action should be through civil, not criminal channels.

The indictment covers only the amount of money alleged to have been overdrawn as salary, and does not include merchandise, the books show, at wholesale prices. The total shortage is said to be $12,000.

F.E. Merrick, who filed the original complaint, Walter Kentner and the indicted man were the chief witnesses. The firm's books were introduced as evidence.

The arraignment for pleading has been postponed until tomorrow, the defendant being at liberty on $1,000 bonds.

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